I know it’s early to conclude anything since I’ve just started my study at UCL 2 weeks ago. Nevertheless, I love the education system here. It just opens my eyes how Indonesian universities are so left behind, far left behind. Here’s a few things I like about pursuing education here, and how it compares with my undergrad experience in Institut Teknologi Bandung:
- The lecturers here are willing to spend time for their students. They list their office hours so students can come to discuss class materials and stuff. Moreover, they reply to our email! wow! almost never happen in ITB. They also always encourage us to ask questions and share our opinion in class. I never had such discussion in class during my undergrad. And oh, of course, the module’s materials are up-to-date. It seems like they put a lot of time & effort to prepare it.
- Integrated and Single-sign-on system. I can access all the university’s services (e-mail, e-learning, printing, etc.) using one single credential. For someone like me, whose undergrad campus only have several fragmented e-learning systems, 2 different email accounts (in different platforms too!), and no integrated services at all (at least during my time there), I feel amazed by how well-planned is the IT system here.
- Careers Service. I feel like the career team & consultants really care about us. They arranged employer engagement session so we can find out more about and network with potential employers. The companies invited are well-known and varied. We can also book a 1-on-1 session to consult about careers or ask them to review our CV, or even practice interview. I remember how I was really lost on my senior year because there was no place to go to consult about career options. But here, everything’s different; I believe we got almost everything we need to prepare for life after graduation.
- Reading list. It’s kinda related to point #1 too, but I want to tell more about this one in particular. I know it’s silly, and sometimes I hate having too many reading list as there’s just not enough time to read everything. However, having this reading list help me to understand more about the materials and force me to come to the class fully-prepared. It helps me to be more engaged with the materials & the discussion. It makes me aware of what’s going on outside, and sort of connect the dots between the theory and the real practice.
It is beyond obvious that Indonesian universities still have a lot to improve. Despite ITB being a top ranked university for engineering courses in Indonesia, having a very low acceptance rate, and whose students labeled as “putra-putri terbaik bangsa”, there are just too many flaws. I hope ITB can improve significantly in the near future. What’s the point of having the smartest students in the country if you can’t give them the best education services to help them build their future.